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atacama desert

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atacama desert

i am planning a trip to stay in san pedro for 8 full days of "sightseeing". i would like to do walking/moderate hiking…nature, archeology, culture, flora, fauna. i am interested in seeing as much as possible. the tierra atacama hotel is all inclusive for daily excursions and meals. has anyone spent so many days in the desert? i am concerned it is too many.

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1. Re: atacama desert

Unless u love sand dunes n gazing at the stars 8 days is kind of long IMO. Perhaps u could split them with a trip across the border to the salt flat at Salar de Uyuni, Laguna Colorada/ Verde n the geysers.

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I agree with other poster. You could also go to the copper mine for a tour - it's worlds largest. I was there for three days but it was part if a 10 day driving trip from Santiago. 8 days might be a little long, but then again if you really want to chill, that time fram might be perfect. City is teriffic - they turn off the electricity at night and it's all candles etc, at least back in 2000.

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I loved the desert, but after 4 days I was desperate to get out of there. So extreme and dry, not to mention expensive!

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4. Re: atacama desert

Hi Gail851,

I agree with posters here that 3 to 5 days for desert only is enough. If you like trekking, there are some 3-8 day treks in the area which would certainly extend your time in that region.

Otherwise, yes, head to Salar and Uyuni and possibly to Salta in Argentina, especially if you prefer more relaxed days and seeing things rather than trekking days of 5-6 hours.

Or head to the coast, or explore other regions close to Atacama, there is a lot to see and do around Atacama.

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I would recommend 3-4 days in atacama and then head north to Uyuni for 3-4 days. That combo is the best that I have found. Please send me an email if I can help with reservations, I have a lot of contacts in that area - andrew@pathwaychile.com

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Keep in mind that the quality of the Uyuni - San Pedro is poor, sometimes bad, and occasionally horrible

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